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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2936
+1 805-682-4711
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The Museum is located just behind the Santa Barbara Mission and offers visitors of all ages a wealth of things to see and do. Walk right up to a life size, 74-foot Blue Whale skeleton. Enjoy informative exhibit halls marine life, fossils, and Native Americans. Contemplate the beauty of nature and the confluences of nature, history, science, and the arts in the Maximus Art Gallery. Browse and read in the beautiful Museum Library, including its excellent children’s collection. Wander and explore the Nature Trail along Mission Creek. Experience the wonder and excitement of space exploration in the Space Lab and Gladwin Planetarium.
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  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2936
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"butterfly exhibit"
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"t rex"
in 9 reviews
"blue whale skeleton"
in 7 reviews
"indoor exhibits"
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"great exhibits"
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"all ages"
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"great for kids"
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"whole family"
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"kids and adults"
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"sea center"
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"sea life"
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"few hours"
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"butterflies"
in 31 reviews
"minerals"
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"dioramas"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The buildings are old but the museum is getting some much needed renovation. The exhibits and the gardens are more than we expected for a small community museum. The exhibits included Chumash history; a hands-on exhibit area for children; marine life displays; local geology exhibits;...More

Thank Jerry B
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

This museum is considered a treasure in Santa Barbara. Has in-depth exhibits of birds, their eggs, marine life, Native American art etc.in a beautiful old Santa Barbara style building & garden. Great place to visit for all ages.

Thank Tamar H
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

Love the starfish and getting to see things up close. The jellyfish are amazing and learned more about them while we were there. Worth seeing wit hor without kids.

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Reviewed January 23, 2018

The grounds are lovely, with a creek flowing by, on the back side, we attended a wedding there and it was just brilliant, outdoors, under the oak trees, perfect, followed by a delight dinner and reception indoors. They also have a variety of displays happening...More

1  Thank doris s
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Reviewed November 27, 2017

This museum is over 100 years old, but is up to date. They are going through a major renovation right now, which is to be completed next spring. It's still worth going to now. They have many kid-friendly exhibits and a state of the art...More

2  Thank JonSCalifornia
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Reviewed November 4, 2017 via mobile

We were greeted by a very nice lady at the front counter where you paid your admission fee. She gave us a brief overview of the museum. That was a nice welcome! It's very small. You can spend about 30-45 minutes here and that would...More

Thank Rhea R
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Reviewed October 26, 2017

Lots to see. I'm not always a big fan of dead things in cases (and there's a lot of this) but there's variety and a massive blue whale skeleton! Good to get a combined ticket with the the sea centre on the wharf.

Thank Duncan H
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Reviewed October 10, 2017

Having lived in Santa Barbara for many years with my small children, I can safely say that the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History never failed to entertain. From the great exhibits to the outdoor nature paths, there's always something new to discover. If you...More

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Reviewed September 21, 2017 via mobile

We just went and realized a lot of galleries are closed. Call before you go and use groupon for tickets, $12 for two. If buying tickets at the counter, it's $12 per person. Overall, it's a small cute well-maintained museum. A volunteer/ an instructor, Glenn,...More

1  Thank Angie H
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Reviewed September 8, 2017

There is a lot to see and explore. A well done experience so plan on spending some time here, it is worth it. Don't forget to go out back and see the gardens.

Thank havilahsprings
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Response from 336Chas | Reviewed this property |
Go to their web-page, please. $12 for adults and $7-8 for kids Note that $60 memberships are tax-deductible, and there are reduced rates for groups..
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